Our trained volunteers, who serve as academic mentors, help students gain the skills, self-confidence and motivation they need to succeed in school and in life! The extra attention students receive during the school day is crucial. Their improved academic success and their increased self-confidence could be the factor that inspires them to stay in school and graduate.

We wouldn’t be where we are today without the commitment of our dedicated academic mentors, who come from all walks of life exposing students to a wide diversity of ages, ethnicities, and experiences. So join the hundreds of parents, engineers, college students, senior citizens, doctors, and corporate professionals who we’re proud to call our volunteer base.


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Motivate is tailored for our tiniest learners in grades pre K-2 and designed for early childhood development needs. Motivate mentors work with the whole class of students, helping to run academic activities and smooth transition time.

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Accelerate can assist any student in grades K-8 identified by their teacher as needing extra academic or socio-emotional support. Accelerate mentors work 1-on 1 with a student, or in small groups, during regular classroom instruction time.

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Aim High supports students in grades 9-12 who have small gaps in skills and knowledge, and just need that extra push to find success. Aim High mentors work 1-on-1 or with a small group of students in humanities or STEM subjects.

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Power Lunch

Power Lunch sparks enthusiasm for reading in kindergarten through third graders by matching students with volunteer reading mentors from participating corporations in the Boston area. Each reading mentor serves as a role model and friend.

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The Big Cheese Reads

Since 2004, The Big Cheese Reads has been connecting business and community leaders with middle school students in order to emphasize the important link between literacy and career success.

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